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Volunteers help refurbish home for local veterans

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 24, 2015) - You could call it a labor of love, as volunteers from The Home Depot teamed up with the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation, a group that helps homeless veterans with transitional housing.

The volunteers came together Thursday to make that south side house a place the veterans can be proud to call home. It’s all part of a program called "A Celebration of Service," and these veterans say they couldn't be more appreciative.

Right now, four veterans live in the Newton house, and for some of the volunteers, like Navy veteran Ken Crandall, it's a project that hits close to home.

“It’s just the right thing to do,” said Crandall. “You help people out, and do the right thing.”

“I think it hits close to home for a lot of these veterans,” said Debra Des Vignes with HVAF of Indiana. “They’re seeing these vets who served our country proud and they’re trying to do everything they can to help and to tell them thank you for serving our country.”

“My grandfather was a veteran, so personally I like to give back to represent him,” said Home Depot manager Matt Rice.

“I think the four vets that live here will be so thrilled to see the finished product,” said Des Vignes. “Their home is a beautiful place and they can be proud as military members, they can be proud to call this home.”

And residents like veteran Jim Earles say they appreciate the helping hand.

“I think it’s phenomenal that these guys come out here and volunteer their time to do it,” said Earles. “That’s the most amazing thing.”

“If it wasn’t for HVAF, these guys would be living on the street so what is giving up one day to come out and do this,” said Crandall.

“We all appreciate it and this will be here for those that come after me,” said Earles.